Bored? Not on my watch… Ideas to develop creativity

We’ve all said it as children

I’m bored

My children say it too despite the house being filled with toys and technology.

As I read the BBC website the findings of Dr Belton, I was delighted to see that being bored develops and nurtures creativity.

The academic, who has previously studied the impact of television and videos on children’s writing, said: “When children have nothing to do now, they immediately switch on the TV, the computer, the phone or some kind of screen. The time they spend on these things has increased.
…..children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them.

I love my gadgets and devices, as do my children but we all know sometimes the best fun can be derived from boring situations. We should actively pursue time out to observe the world around us and playfully engage with it.

For the sake of creativity perhaps we need to slow down and stay offline from time to time

Good old fashioned play!

Cardboard boxes, blankets and a few chairs can produce hours of fun with a bit of creative thought. Climbing trees, beach walks and digging up worms all have a place.

As a parent, this may fill you with dread. If you need a bit of help of get your creative juices going the websites below should give you a few ideas.

Imagination Tree

The imagination tree will transport you into a creative world full of ideas.

This website is run by a teacher who shares her love for play on a daily basis.
It is fabulous example of how simple household items can be used to spark creative play.

Her play dough recipes are easy to follow and there are plenty of craft ideas that would keep any child happy for an hour or two. This site is easy to navigate and ideal for those seeking inspiration.

Dinkytot

An excellent new website by a Northern Ireland mummy whose teaching past should inspire all. She has plenty of tried and tested ideas that should keep little minds busy. Although the website is in its infancy, I think it will be one to watch. Her Facebook page is updated regularly and is worth a like. http://m.facebook.com/dinkytotpage?id=408517129203707&_rdr

There are hundreds of ideas on pin interest. This is my favourite http://m.pinterest.com/raspberrypop/craft-ideas-for-preschool-children/

If you can think of further examples of good sites free to leave a comment.

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